George Moridis, a senior scientist in the Energy Geosciences Division, has been awarded an Honorary Membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements. Moridis was presented the award at a ceremony during SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in Dubai September 21-23.
Moridis is being recognized for his pioneering work in numerical simulation of natural gas recovery from hydrates in geologic media, providing answers to critical and challenging problems that enable the exploitation of a new unconventional energy resources and the analysis of the environmental impact. As former head of the Hydrocarbon Resource Program, Moridis was in charge of Berkeley Lab research programs on unconventional energy resources including hydrates, tight/shale gas, and oil. He currently leads development of the new generation of Berkeley Lab simulation codes of coupled flow, thermal, geomechanical, and geophysical processes.
Of the honor, Moridis said, “I am humbled and elated by this recognition, a large part of which is reflected in Berkeley Lab that provided the environment and means that made it possible. This award would not have been possible without the support and friendship I have enjoyed here at the laboratory.”
Limited to just 0.1% of SPE’s total membership, Honorary Membership in the SPE is the highest honor the nonprofit global professional society presents to an individual. This elite group represents those individuals who have given outstanding service to SPE or have demonstrated distinguished scientific or engineering achievements in the fields within the technical scope of SPE.
SPE serves more than 164,000 members worldwide, sharing technical knowledge for the benefit of our industry. Each year, SPE presents awards that recognize members whose efforts have advanced petroleum technology, as well as their professional achievements and contributions to the industry and society. “It is an honor to recognize George for his commitment and dedication to the oil and gas industry with the SPE Honorary Membership. SPE international award winners were nominated by their colleagues and selected by their peers for their achievement and contributions and it’s my pleasure to congratulate him on receiving this prestigious international award from SPE,” said Tom Blasingame, 2021 SPE President.